Gatwick definetly not in London, Heathrow definetly boderline, it is on the tube but I lived very close to it (not in Slough) for 5 years and I was definetly not living in London.
Yeah I think the most acceptable definitions of whether you're in London are either:
A- has a tube/DLR/London Overground stop (or is in the oyster zone)
B- inside the M25
Heathrow passes and Gatwick fails.
If I ever have meetings in Slough early morning and need a hotel I normally wind up on the strip opposite Heathrow though which is what makes me think of it as Slough.
That's because Heathrow is massive though. You can be 10 miles away and still be opposite Heathrow.
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Schipol is the best airport I've ever been to.Is it Gatwick or Stansted that's basically a big box?
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Chennai is the worst. It ****ing smells. Had to wait beside a group of people who seemed to be headed to the same place(everyone in the group wore yellow t-shirts)in departure and I almost threw up. None of them had showered for at least a month(even if this doesn't happen, it still smells bad. Poor cleaning issues as well). Then I go up to get a snack and got myself the last box of Ferero Rochers before reaching for my wallet and a 5 year old kid on his dad's shoulders smiles at me and takes it off the counter and his dad paid for it and left. This was late at night. And the air conditioning isn't good in the mornings when you go in there sweating like a pig.
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Anyway, I've never had a drama at Heathrow arrivals (leaving Aus on an Aussie passport and arriving London on an English one helps, as does the traditional arrival time in London out of Australia, which is very early). Had a few delays on departure though, just because it's so ****ing big. That aside, not really had a drama with it and I actually love it because the sheer size of it kind of boggles my mind.
Had a **** time of it in Dublin, but that was mostly because of the blizzard and having to stay over an extra night before getting up at sparrow's to get the first flight next day. Was very chaotic.
I think Sydney is annoying - it's great because it's so close to the city itself, but fmd it's a pain in the arse getting into and out of. It's a great approach though if you jag a northerly approach over the harbour. Melbourne is the same in terms of getting into and out of, only its worse because when you arrive there you realise you're actually in Melbourne.
Found new Honkers airport a very good one - a terrific lounge there where you can have a tub while you wait for your connecting flight (for those of you who have to fly economy). Very clean, and I actually get the impression you could get a massage there with a happy ending if you had time.
Singapore is a great airport. Efficient and well catered for. The monorail makes transiting between terminals really easy.
Agree with Murphy - the best thing in Frankfurt is the self-cleaning, automatic-revolving-seat brascos.
Found the airport in Bangkok a bit annoying tbh, but then again I transitted through when the SARS epidemic was on so people weren't too friendly all round. The air conditioning wasn't working and it was a bastard.
La Paz was pretty primitive when I was there tbh, but that was in 96 so no doubt it's got better. Just scares the **** out of you when you're coming into land and you look out the window and up at the mountains you're flying past. Cuzco in Peru was filthy. Likewise Lima, but hten again Lima is a **** hole itself.
Cape Town was pretty well served for stores and food when I was there, again it was yonks ago though. Joburg airport has a lot going for it because it's the only safe place in Joburg. Same can be said for Rio, though it was bloody chaos when we were there in 96.
Raratonga is a really cool airport - it's the closest one I've been to which resembles that really funny one in the Carib where you lay on the beach and the planes blow swimmers out to sea. Also, because it's one runway in and out and two flights a day, it's very relaxed. You're in the island lifestyle before you're even off the plane.
Auckland was a lot like NZ itself - small, insecure and average at best.
Overall I reckon the best I've traveled through was Hong Kong or Singapore and the worst probably Cuzco or Lima.
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